Commercial refurbishment differs from domestic refurbishment in a number of ways. A perfect example of this is conventional stud partitioning and dry-lining. In most domestic homes studwork is still mainly constructed using timber studs/framing, where in most commercial refurbishments galvanized steel studs/framing components are used. All partitioning is generally categorized as non-load bearing walls, thus the construction is a lot lighter than brick/block construction. Galvanized steel frameworks are said to be quicker to install then timber studwork and can be dismantled quicker. With a commercial refurbishment the whole process can sometimes be fast track, so quicker construction methods are often utilized…

Another element of a commercial refurbishment not seen often in a domestic building is the use of suspended ceilings. Suspended ceilings are installed in most commercial buildings as they are an excellent platform for the installation of modular lighting, fire detectors and M&E services. Suspended ceilings are available in a wide range of finishes and specifications. The specification and finish will usually depend on the areas involved within the commercial refurbishment and the likely usage. Suspended ceiling tiles can be specified for their acoustic properties or moisture resistance performance.

Floor finishes within a commercial refurbishment also differ from most domestic buildings in the way that carpet tiles are more commonly used to allow areas of floors to be lifted and accessed easier than when using carpet. Carpet tiles can also be patch replaced in heavy traffic areas rather than complete areas of flooring being re-carpeted.

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